CBB Picks: 3/1

Arkansas (+11) over FLORIDA

The Hogs have been playing about as well as anybody in the SEC lately. They’re almost a lock to make the tournament, but winning this game would definitely cement it. I think this is another game where Egbunu’s absence will be noticeable for the Gators. Arkansas attacks the rim and is aggressive on the offensive boards.

Rhode Island (-8) over ST. JOSEPH’S

The Hawks still haven’t figured anything out with their injuries and it doesn’t appear they’re going to. The Rams are going the other direction. After the embarrassment at home against Fordham, they’ve been trending the right way. Not sure how SJU bridges the talent gap at guard in this one.

CLEMSON (-8.5) over NC State

I’m still going to bet against the Wolfpack. The key in this one for me is three-point shooting. NC State can’t (doesn’t try?) to defend it. In 6 of their last 9 they’ve given up a double-digit amount of threes. The reason they won at GT is the Yellow Jackets can’t shoot, don’t want to shoot, and only made four. Clemson has six capable shooters and they’ve hit 38% of their attempts from out there as a team in ACC play.

Nevada (-7) over SAN JOSE ST.

Nevada just never seems to have any problems in these games. SJSU will limit Nevada’s perimeter game, but they don’t have much of an answer when they drive. The Spartans are going to have to have their most efficient offensive games of the year because the Pack won’t be giving them many second chances.

Season: 138-121-2 (53.3%)

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